Here are some of our favorite movies that relate to Thanksgiving and the virtues that make America great.
Spanning the years 1914 through the late 1960s, AVALON is a powerful, pro-family saga about the Krachinsky family, Jewish immigrants who move to the mythically symbolic Avalon section of Baltimore. AVALON is an extremely enlightening, entertaining movie celebrating American traditions that are losing their meaning over time. It has some light foul language, so caution is advised for older children.
LITTLE WOMEN (1933)
Louisa May Alcott’s classic story of four sisters in Civil War era New England contains positive Christian characters and actions, strong parental figures and chaste courtships. The mother is played by the wonderful Spring Byington.
DRIVING MISS DAISY
DRIVING MISS DAISY is a great character study with strong Christian values about a wealthy Jewish matron who’s befriended by her black chauffeur, a committed Christian full of wisdom. Beautifully acted by Jessica Tandy and Morgan Freeman and containing only two exclamatory curses, DRIVING MISS DAISY will not only fill you with joy and love, but also encourage you to follow Jesus Christ more closely.
THE TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL
Horton Foote’s powerful, unique witness to the Christian faith. By making the spiritual, hymn singing mother the brunt of the meanness of the selfish, humanist daughter-in-law, the audience is forced to root for and identify with the Christian.
IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE
Jimmy Stewart plays the beleaguered but good-hearted George Bailey, who finds out what life would be like if he’d never been born. A very slight caution is urged because of the false angelology, although the movie is number one on our list because of its emotive revelation of man’s relationship to God, who answers our prayers.
Starring Robert Duvall in an Oscar-winning performance as a down-on-his-luck Country music singer, this movie is written by Horton Foote, one of America’s best writers. It tells a gracious story of how faith and family helps a man recover from the past demons haunting him.
PLACES IN THE HEART
This movie, which stars Oscar® winner Sally Field, clearly shows that faith in Jesus Christ overcomes all obstacles − even death. It ends with a wonderful scene set in a church service where people come together to worship God and praise Him for His many blessings.
A CHARLIE BROWN THANKSGIVING
A CHARLIE BROWN THANKSGIVING is a delightful PEANUTS cartoon movie made for television where Peppermint Patty invites herself and many others over to Charlie Brown’s house for Thanksgiving. A CHARLIE BROWN THANKSGIVING is an adorable animated movie with some great, positive messages the whole family can enjoy.
JOHN ADAMS is the acclaimed HBO TV miniseries on one of America’s most important founding fathers, and the second president of the United States, who led a glorious, mostly positive life of great influence. The acting, writing and direction are superb, and this miniseries is rich in political, philosophic and spiritual dialogue that recognizes Christian faith in every critical moment.
SQUANTO: A WARRIOR’S TALE
The exciting historical-adventure drama, SQUANTO: A WARRIOR'S TALE, tells the amazing legend of a Native American Indian and his enslavement at the hands of English traders, his daring escape and his miraculous return to his New England homeland where he risks his life for peace and helps Pilgrim settlers survive in the early 1600s. Disney's SQUANTO is free of offensive content -- save for appropriate action violence -- and contains an exceptionally positive portrayal of Christian belief and principles.